Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld reportedly completed two double training sessions this week and is edging closer to making his return from injury.
The Belgian international has been sidelined since October after damaging a nerve in his knee during a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion following a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen.
With Spurs winning just one of their last nine matches in all competitions since, his absence has been identified as a key issue for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they have certainly missed his presence in the starting line-up.
However, according to the Evening Standard, the 27-year-old came through double sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday unscathed and so it appears as though he is set make his long-awaited return to action imminently.
Whether or not Saturday’s clash with Swansea City comes too soon for him remains to be seen, but ultimately the news is positive and Pochettino will be delighted to have him back at his disposal ahead of the Christmas schedule.
Spurs have had a poor month or so both in the Premier League and in Europe as they have fallen out of the top four and were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage.
However, with Harry Kane returning from injury and signing a new contract coupled with Alderweireld’s progress, the mood at White Hart Lane will surely be changing and they will be hopeful that a positive run of results is now around the corner.